Arctic Monkeys performed a Beatles classic at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in ‘Come Together’ in front of Sir Paul McCartney and this must be a massive moment for the band.
All four of their studio albums have reached number 1 in the UK
It was a very good cover of the song and nobody should be surprised that they were able to pull it off as they have showcased their talents for many years and performed a number of different songs. With their sound changing slightly throughout each album, choosing to do this song may have been challenging but achievable as they didn’t really have to change much and could do it as a straight cover. The band do seem to enjoy doing covers as they have participated in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge a few times and performed one of the more interesting covers when they decided to do Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’.
They were always destined for great things but they may not have thought they would be performing in front of The Queen at such a massive event that the whole world would see. Their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I am That’s What I’m Not’ was fantastic and is still the fast selling debut album and has been hailed as a modern classic so they were always going to be successful but they achieved it in their own way. Alex Turner was clearly aware of everything that was going on around him and could fit it all into the lyrics, ranging for prostitutes in the Sheffield area in the brilliant number one single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ to the drama and familiarity of being in a relationship in ‘Mardy Bum’. All of the lyrics seem come off as his past experiences and his thoughts and feelings which give it more depth and the storytelling more engaging. They even sing about the state of affairs in a town and how much things have changed over the years with their being more love and dedication to a local football team than anything else. One of the biggest compliments you could give the lyrics is that they paint a picture that is instantly recognisable to a lot of people in the UK, in particular the song ‘A Certain Romance’ which is slightly different to the rest as it is a slightly slower song as opposed to the guitar led, jumping around sounds of some of their other songs.
This debut album achieved number one in the UK and somewhat surprisingly number 24 on the Billboard 200 in America. It is not because of the actual music that I am surprised by this but the fact that Turner didn’t try and hide his Yorkshire accent and used some slang words in the songs that many Americans may not have understood. But, it does appeal to a wide audience with the riffs having a punk feel to them and it being placed as more of an indie sound will certainly have attracted many listeners from different genres.
This was just the beginning for the band and with their recent albums you can see how they have grown and matured more as this album does have a heavy focus on going out on a Saturday night, looking at girls, ultimately getting turned down and getting into fights while waiting for a taxi. They have made different music now but as they say themselves, ‘There’s only music so that there’s new ringtones.
Frank Turner was chosen to warm up the Olympic opening ceremony and a lot of people may have been saying who is this guy?
Frank Turner performing at the opening ceremony
It was a surprise to me that he was chosen but after I thought about it for a while I realised it was a masterstroke and he was the perfect choice as he can perform just as brilliantly in front of a few people in a living room as he can in front of millions. With his lyrics so meaningful combined with his punk past he is in a quite rare genre of music which is folk-punk which is most likely the reason why not as many people will have heard of him. But, as he proved he is instantly likeable which inevitably leads to sing-along’s. Frank Turner is an outstanding individual but it is difficult to describe his sound at times, however he manages to draw in the crowds with his down to earth humour and joyful noise, add this to his clear passion for writing and performing music and you have someone that deserves a little more success than he has got in recent years.
‘Poetry of the Deed’ is the album I have chosen to look at to show off some of Frank Turner’s skills and it begins brilliantly with an upbeat piano sound and tongue in cheek lyrics in ‘Live Fast Die Old’ and then continues onto the brilliant song, ‘Try This At Home’ which has a punk ethic to it and can be described as quite frantic at times but the energy to it makes you want to repeat it over and over again. It is basically a song about following his lead and has some of the greatest and funniest lyrics in it, ‘No such as thing as rock starts they’re just people who play music and some are just like us and some of them are d**ks.’ This made me laugh because he isn’t taking himself too seriously and is taking a swipe at other artists who love themselves and more like tools that produce the same rubbish over and over again.
Turner has had some praise and some exposure in the past when the first single off the album ‘The Road’ was named hottest record in the world by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 when it was released. It is another first in the air song with an unforgettable chorus and this song in particular shows the charm to his voice which gives his music its personality.
‘Dan’s Song’ is another great song but the whole album seems to lack something and it is a fantastic place for new fans to start but if you are an older fan of Frank Turner then you will see a lot of songs that just aren’t quite up to his earlier standard and they seem to be missing something, in particular, ‘Sunday Nights’, ‘Richard Divine’ and ‘Isabel’. ‘Isabel’ is a strange song though because it has his usual good lyrics and is quite heartfelt but still doesn’t feel quite right.
‘Poetry of the Deed’ is a good album and I would recommend it to a lot of people but there are a lot of flaws to it and it isn’t quite as good as its predecessor ‘Love Ire & Song’ but if you are a big fan of the man then you should definitely get both.